RV Toum Tiou Cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Departure Date: On Request
Depart from: Siem Reap
Routes: Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Chau Doc -Koh Dek Chau - Phnompenh - Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Loung - Siem Reap.
Toum Tiou Cruises
This traditional locally built boat started out as a freighter with a metal hull and a capacity of 150 tons, with two large but low-ceiling decks in order to maximize storage space. Like all ships of this type, it went up and down the Tonle Sap and Mekong, stopping at Siem Reap, Kompong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng.
The Toum Tiou measures 38 meters long and 7 meters wide in the middle. It has 10 rooms in all (3.3m x 2.5m), 4 on the main deck and 6 on the upper deck, each air-conditioned and with a bathroom (2.5m x 1.4m) including toilet, shower and sink. The water on board is taken from the river, passed through a powerful filtration system and chlorinated in the final step of the treatment.
Toum Tiou Double CabinFully-paneled in wood, with charm and comfort in mind, we designed it in keeping with the local style. Modestly sized and with the safety of a steel hull, its low draft makes possible an access to the smallest and remotest of villages. With the tasteful decoration of a bygone era, the Toum Tiou has 10 cozy double cabins with private shower, a large lounge area, a panoramic viewing space to the front, a half-covered bar-restaurant to the rear and a roof patio. Air conditioning, hi-fi system and library are provided.
Day 1: Siem Reap – Chnok Tru
High water – from July to December
13:30 Meeting in front of FCC hotel in Siem Reap. Transfer by local tour agent for Phnom Krom boat-pier. Transfer from the pier by local boat to the Toum Tiou.
14:30 Check-in at the boat docked near Phnom Krom in Siem Reap. Security briefing. Cruise towards Chnok Tru.
19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction during navigation. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.
Low water – from January to June
13:30 Meeting in front of FCC hotel in Siem Reap. Transfer to Phnom Krom pier. Crossing the Tonlé Sap Lake with chartered speedboat for meeting the Toum Tiou II anchored near Chnok Tru.
18:30 Welcome on board of the Toum Tiou II. Security briefing.
19:00 Welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. Welcome dinner. Overnight onboard.
** From March it might not be possible to visit Floating village depending on the water level. At the end of the low water period (around end of March to June), the water level may not allow the speedboat to cross the lake. In this case, passengers will be transferred by our convenience from/to Siem Reap by land (~5-6 hour).
Day 2: Chnok Tru – Kompong Chnang
07:00 Breakfast on board.
08:00 Local boats are coming along the Toum Tiou and picking passengers for the visit of the biggest floating village on the Tonlé Sap River.
10:00 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Kampong Chnang.
14:30 Arrival to Kampong Chnang. Located some 56 miles from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonlé Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm – a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.
18:00 Passengers re-embark. The Toum Tiou drops anchor few miles away.
19:00 Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 3: Kompong Tralach – Phnom Penh
07:45 Departure of the Toum Tiou early in the morning. Sail to Kampong Tralach, breakfast during navigation.
08:30 Arrival at Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind. The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the latérite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference. Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case last May for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.
10:30 Passengers re-embark the Toum Tiou. Lunch on board on the way to Phnom Penh.
14:00 Arrival in Phnom Penh. – Tuol Sleng Museum, old center of detention, of torture and
execution between 1975 and 1979. The visit of this place is essential to understand what could be the fatal madness perpetrated by the Khmer Rouges. Visit Russian market after museum.
17:00 Return to the boat.
19:00 Local group performs on board traditional “Apsara” show for 45 minutes. Dinner onboard.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
08:00 Breakfast, departure for the Half -day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Palace and the National Museum.
12.00 Return to Phnom Penh, lunch in a local restaurant.
13:00 Balance of the day free exploration on own. Suggestions can be made up on the interest of passengers. FCC, Russian market, other boutiques (antiques), etc.
18:00 Departure for the Vietnamese border, dinner onboard.
Day 5: Navigation to Chau Doc
08:00 Breakfast on board.Toum Tiou arrives at Immigration check point in Kaam Samnaar. Clearance of departure formalities (2 to 4 hours).
12:00 Arrival at Victoria Hotel Chau Doc jetty. Lunch in hotel, internet facilities available. Located to the north at the beginning of Mekong’s famous delta, Chau Doc straddles both banks of the Mekong which fans out to the dimensions of a river mouth here. Floating fish farms have sprung up everywhere. Bamboo fish drying racks are set up a meter above the water’s surface. The bourgeoning downtown area features some charmingly rustic colonial buildings, squeezed in by the marketplace – the colorful, vibrant heart of the city. As always, these busy parts of town, despite their sometimes strong odors, offer wonderful photo opportunities…
14:30 Short panoramic tour of the city. This is the perfect timing to discover the effervescence of the local market. Back to the pier, departure for fish raising rafts and Cham minority village by local boat.
18:00 Toum Tiou leaves Chau Doc for Sa Dec. Dinner during navigation.
Day 6: Sa Dec – Vinh Long
07:30 Breakfast during navigation.
09:00 Arrival at Sa Dec – Short panoramic tour of Sa Dec and transfer by bus to Trung Vuong primary school. Continuing to Kien An Cung Pagoda. Stroll around Sa Dec Market along Sa Dec River bank. This small city of 30,000 inhabitants is fascinating in its unspoiled authenticity and undisturbed by tourists. It provides a glimpse of the delta where a few colonial houses still remain, including the “Chinaman’s house” (from Duras’novel “The Lover”, also made into a movie).
12:00 Return to the boat, for lunch. Departure for Vinh Long.
14:30 Arrival at Vinh Long, local boats pick up passengers for visiting a brick and pottery factory, the Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet Nursery of Fruit Trees as well a typical house and a show room of traditional farming tools. Vinh Long, which translates as “Majestic Dragon”, is right in the middle of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. The soil of Vinh Long is enriched by silt deposits, making it ideal for growing mandarins and other citrus fruits. Life is organized around the water. Houses on stilts, hawkers in boats, hundreds of small craft crisscross in all directions. The hospitality of the locals makes it a tourist destination par excellence. Departure for Cai Be Floating Market – going across the Mekong River en route.
18:30 Passengers re-embark at Cai Be, Toum Tiou leaves Cai Be for My Tho, dinner during navigation. Arrival at My Tho – Toum Tiou drops anchor on river in the proximity of Thoi Son Island.
Day 7: Cai Be – My Tho
08:00 Local boats come alongside Toum Tiou to pick up passengers and transfer to the mainland. Departure for Vinh Trang Pagoda by car – Short panoramic tour of My Tho town on the way. On the banks of a northern arm of the Mekong, My Tho, which translates as “fragrant herb”, where tourists come to discover the beauty of the delta. It’s a quiet, prosperous city of about 100,000 inhabitants, famous for its many fruit orchards, gardens and the huge rice fields that surround it. The climate is warm and pleasant year round. The surrounding countryside is home to one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam, with its coconut palms, banana and mango trees.
11:30 Return at the pier – you will cruise on the river to Thoi Son Island by local boat to visit the island, explore local people’s daily life and enjoy locally seasonal fruits
12:30 Re-embarking the Toum Tiou that leaves My Tho for Saigon. Lunch and leisure on board while navigating on the marvelous canal of Cho Gao.
19:00 Farewell cocktail (1 glass of local liquor or juice) with Master of Ship & Cruise Manager. Captain’s farewell dinner. Toum Tiou drops anchor on river en route. Overnight on board.
Day 8: My Tho – Saigon
07:00 Departure for Saigon, breakfast and leisure on board.
11:00 Toum Tiou arrives at Saigon port.
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
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Inclusions of the trip
- Accommodation in double cabin, Full board (water, tea, coffee included)
- Mentioned visits, French or English speaking guide on board
- Transfer in Siem Reap from/to FCC Angkor Hotel ONLY.
Exclusions of the trip
- Transfers at departure/arrival port
- Bar fees, Visas, Personal expenses and personal insurance